Ramblings on healthcare, medical education, and life with a spinal cord injury
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FAQ About Me and My Life

  1. So how are you doing?
    Well, that’s kind of what this whole blog is about, isn’t it?  :)   Read the latest post or two for a good idea.
  2. What’s your prognosis?  Are you ever going to walk again as your primary mode of transportation?
    Boy, do I wish I knew the answer to this one.  My doctors don’t either.  Unfortunately, due to the nature of the injury, it’s just too hard to predict.  This type of healing takes time, and although my body is often very resilient and responsive, it also sometimes takes a long time to heal.  People sometimes remain paralyzed for a number of years before they begin to move their legs again.  The short answer is, it’s a wait-and-see game.When I first wrote the answer to this question, it was when I was still in the hospital, in the first four months of the injury before I was able to even wiggle a toe.  Since then, as you can review over the blog, I’ve made quite a bit of progress.  I can walk for a fair distance with a walker, and continue to improve in the distance that I can walk before needing to rest.  For the latest regularly-updated progress, you can always check the Walking Progressarea of the blog.  The fact that I’m still making regular progress and improving the distance I can walk helps me to remain positive, especially during those days which are particularly frustrating.I’m optimistic, although I do have my moments, and all your support and prayers continue to help keep me positive.
  3. What are your plans for medicine?
    Well, we’ll see what the next few years bring.  I’m currently in the Class of 2013 at Case Western Reserve, and loving it.  My goal is a career in surgery and academic medicine, and I’m not about to let whether or not I’m in a wheelchair stop me from attaining that goal.  I’ve spoken to a surgeon who has completed his entire medical education, training and career from a wheelchair and there’s no reason it should stop me either.  And I’ve spoken to a number of senior attendings and residency program directors about the prospect, and none of them have said there’s any reason I shouldn’t be able to do it.  I’m not under the illusion that it will be easy.  But damnit, I’m not going to let a little something like a spinal cord injury get in my way.
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